Christen Jo Stone
Christen Jo Stone
About the Artist
Christen Jo Stone (Jo)

Artist Statement

An award winning artist, Christen Jo Stone (Jo) has developed diverse arts skills and enjoys combining these, expressed in 3D  forms.

Her central concern is her love of her local environment, evident in the organic forms she creates,  and seeking sanctuary and calm. She also enjoys teaching the skills she has mastered, seeing others discovering their own creativity.

The environment inspires her; the colours, the light, the smells and textures. She feels so lucky to be able to enjoy nature's delights so close where she lives and works in the magnificent Yarra Valley of Victoria.





Christen Jo Stone (Jo) has a Diploma of Arts in Visual Arts (GIAE) , and a Trained Secondary Teachers’ Certificate in Domestic Arts (Larnook). She studied operating print machinery and also precious metal clay, wirewrapping, and papermaking.  In Australia, Germany and Spain she studied Basketry, in 2015 studying with 5 Danish Master Basketmakers in Denmark in their studios.

Her first solo exhibition, ‘Metamorphosis’, was at East Gippsland Art Gallery, 2011, recommended by artist Malcolm Boyd, and she has participated in many group exhibitions in a variety of media.

Featured on the FM99.1 radio’s Artist Journal, and Which Craft, she has received major awards for Jewellery Crafts, and judged jewellery at four Royal Shows in Sydney and Canberra. Two National Beading Magazines have regularly published her projects. In 2016 she was awarded 'Best in Show' Basketry at the Royal Melbourne show, taking out both first places.

Jo was selected by the Commissioner of the 2015 International Wicker and Weaving Festival to represent Australia in the on-site competition in Poland. She created a composite piece for the competition in two days, weaving alongside 160 basketmakers from 60 different countries, receiving a Distinction in the Artistic Category,

In 2016 she was awarded an Artist In Residence alongside 14 other Artists at the 20th Anniversary of the Toolangi Sculpture Trail, producing a work on-site over two weeks with materials from the forest. She was also represented in the Yarra Valley Arts indoor sculpture Exhibition, Regeneration, at the event. Jo is passionate about the great forest that surrounds Eastern Melbourne and the threatened native species that call the area home, such as the Leadbeater's Possum, and features this in her work.

Sculpture is her current focus, exploring a huge variety of materials and forms. She is also designing Marionettes, which hopefully will bring a smile or two.



Christen Jo Stone



Dip of Arts (Vis Arts) GIAE- (Monash) 1979

TSTC (Dom Arts) Larnook 1972


Solo Exhibition: 


‘Metamorphosis’ -East Gippsland Art Gallery, Victoria

Group Exhibitions:



Yarra Glen Art Show- Sculpture

Toolangi Sculpture Trail ongoing outdoor exhibition.



'Regenerarion' -Toolangi Sculpture Trail  Exhibition, Yarra Valley Arts

Annual & Awards Exhibition- Association of Sculptors Victoria

DRIFT- Herring Island- Basketmakers of Victoria



Fracture Gallery- Federation Square- Basketmakers of Victoria

Entangled- Stonehouse Gallery- Warrandyte- Basketmakers of Victoria

Drift- Herring Island Summer Festival -Basketmakers of Victoria

St Vincent’s Hospital Exhibition - Basketmakers of Victoria




Natural or Knot- Quadrant Gallery: Basketmakers of Victoria Biennial Exhibition, Victoria

Drift- Herring Is. Summer Festival -Basketmakers of Victoria

Bolin Bolin Gallery Exhibition- Basketmakers of Victoria


Summer Exhibition - Quadrant Gallery, Victoria

Rhyme and Reason - Belconnen Arts Centre ACT

Open Studios Exhibition- Memo Hall - Healesville, Victoria



Sydney Craft Fair Exhibition, NSW

Melbourne Craft Fair Exhibition. Victoria

Japan Art Clay Silver Exhibition, Japan



2016           'Best in Show', Basketry, Royal Melbourne Show  2 Firsts, Second, Third and Highly Commended over two categories,

                         supported by Basketmakers of Victoria..

2016            Lilydale Art Show, VIC 1 First, 2 seconds, 1 Third Place

2015           Represented Australia by invitation at the International Wicker and Weaving Festival Competition in Poland.

                        Artistic category: Distinction.

2015           Royal Melbourne Show Craft Competition- 1st & 2nd Place Coiled Basket.   Supported by Basketmakers of Victoria

2015           The Rock Show NSW 5 x 1st Place, 2 x 2nd Place and 3 x Third Place Certificates

2009           National Swarovski Competition- 6th Place Prize

2009,2007   Royal Canberra Show awards in jewellery, lapidary, embroidery.

2008           Sydney Royal Show, Arts Entry: Standard of Excellence Medal- Best in Show- Jewellery

2008,2005 Sydney Royal Show, various other awards for jewellery.  

2008           National Wirework Artist of the Year 2008- Beads Etc Magazine 

2008           National Silver Artist of the Year 2008 Beads etc. Magazine

2007           National Beads Etc. Reader’s Choice Award- Wirework

2007            National Metal Clay Artist of the Year 2007- Beads etc. Magazine.

2002            Finalist Micro Business Awards 

2002, 2000,1999 Finalist: Bridal Industry Awards: Wedding Stationery and Bomboniere.


2017            Album: International Wicker and Weaving Festival

2016            Le Lien Creatif   (International Basketry Magazine) 

2006-2009 Regular projects published in :-

                      Beads etc. Magazine- Metal clay projects

                      Australian Beading Magazine- Wirework and metal clay projects and Artists profile.

Professional Experience:

2017                         Teacher at Yarra Glen and Districts Living and Learning Centre

2017                         Teacher at Victorian Handweavers and Spinners Guild Summer School

2016/7                      Teacher at Eastern Regional Libraries Mooroolbark, Lilydale, Healesville, Yarra Junction, Ringwood

2014                          Lost Trades Fair Demonstrations Kyneton Vic.

2011-2015                "Weeds & Reeds" "Christen Jo Originals"- Stringybark Studio Vic

                                                 Basketry, fibre arts and jewellery-Studio work and teaching.

2009, 2007, 2006      Honourary Judge, Jewellery, Sydney Royal Show, NSW

2008                          Honourary Judge, Jewellery, Royal Canberra Show, ACT

2008, 2007, 2006      Organiser : The National Beadaholics Retreat: ACT

                                                 Workshop events at Greenhills Conference Centre. ACT

2004-2009                 "Beadaholics" & ‘Christen Jo Originals’ ACT

                                                 Teaching & creating beading, wirework, precious metal clay, jewellery.

2004-2009                 Teaching at Lake Ginninderra College. Lake Nite Learning. ACT

                                                 Adult jewellery making and textiles classes

1992-2003                 "Treasured Memories- Unique Wedding Stationery" Vic

                                                 Design and letterpress printing: Wedding stationery and business cards.

                                                 Bomboniere design and production for weddings, christenings etc.

1973-1984                Victorian Education Department- Victorian Secondary Colleges

                                              Teaching textiles, art, craft, pottery, home economics, music, school magazine

                                                       1980-1984   Upper Yarra High Tech School. Vic

                                                       1978-1979   Healesville High School. Vic

                                                       1973-1977   Wonthaggi High School. Vic

Professional Development:



Fibre Arts Ballarat  Matt Tommey (USA) Basketry. - Vic Australia

Tafta Forum Geelong.  Liz Powell (NSW),  Cabinets, Books and  Paper Rusting.- Vic Australia



Basketmakers of Vic.  Martiene van Zulen (WA) Plant Fibre and Felt Workshop - Vic Australia

Studio of Bent Vinkler (Denmark) Working with Willow - Denmark

Studio of Ane Lynsgard (Denmark) Lace in rush and sisal - Denmark

Studio of Ulla Misser (Denmark), Zarzo Technique - Denmark

Studio of Eva Seidenfaden (Denmark) Birkina Weave - Denmark

Studio of  Jette Melgren and Jan Johansen (Denmark) - Lashing techniques - Odense, Denmark

The Studio @ 54 Polly Jacobs Giacchina (USA) - Basket art, Vic Australia

Grampains Texture Jackie Abrams (USA) - Collect & Connect - Basketry, NSW Australia

Grampains Texture Barbara Mullan (Australia) - Tree of Life- Embroidery , NSW Australia

National Basketry Gathering, - Mini-workshops, Vic Australia


Context, Ken Houston (Australia) - Wood carving, NSW Australia

Grampains Texture, Dr. Michael Shiell (Australia) , Environmental sculpture, Vic Australia

Grampains Texture, Ailie Snow (NZ) - Storylines -Stitched Book, Vic Australia

Dalhousen Academy, Corentin Laval & Karen Gossart (France) - Perigort technique, Germany  

Lichtenfels Korbmarkt, Carsten Baier (Germany) - Willow Whip technique, Germany

Weaving by the Sea, Mai Hvid Jorgenson (Denmark) - Using wood in basketry, Spain   

Weaving by the Sea, Tim Johnson (England) - Mediterranean materials, Spain

Basketmakers of Vic, Jean Stone (Australia) - Melon basket, Vic Australia

Basketmakers of Vic, Wendy Golden (Australia) - Working in willow, Vic Australia

Basketmakers of Vic, Robyn Norris (Australia) - Wreaths, Vic Australia

Beautiful Silks, Velma Bolyard (USA) - Eco dyeing, indigo, shifu & bookmaking, Vic Australia

Sturt Winter School, Caren Florance (Australia) - Booking your Journey, Book binding, Vic Australia


Basketmakers of Vic, Nancy Duggan (Australia) - Jacaranda basket, Vic Australia  

Basketmakers of Vic, Pat Dale (Australia) - Lomandra basket, Vic Australia

Basketmakers of Vic, Polly Jacobs Giacchina (USA) Sculptural basketry, Vic Australia

Meg Viney Studio, Meg Viney (Australia) - Plant fibre handmade papers with basketry, Vic Australia

National Basketry Gathering - Mini-workshops, ACT Australia


Fibre Arts Geelong, Sandy Webster: (USA) - Master Class, Geelong, Vic Australia

Box Hill College, Semester Adv. Dip. Eng. Technology (Jewellery), Vic Australia


Sydney Ceramic & Craft Centre: Certified Precious Metal Clay Teacher Levels 1 & 2, NSW Australia


Melbourne College of Printing: Operating Print Machinery, Vic Australia



Basketry Museum Nowy Tomsyl, Poland.


Artist in Residence

2016   Toolangi Sculpture Trail 20th Anniversary Project with 14 other Sculptors.

2015   Healesville Library




Which Craft is That?

With Charlene on radio 99.1 FM Yarra Valley- Christen Jo Stone  25th June 2015!craft-14/c148l

Artist Journal.

With Cora Zon on radio 99.1 FM Yarra Valley - Christen Jo Stone  30th April 2015!art-journal-7/c21bg



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